Day of Caring planned for June 23

Around 700 local employees and 50 area nonprofits will be participating in the 29th annual Lehigh Valley Day of Caring on June 23.  

A partnership between the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, Day of Caring is the community’s largest, single day volunteer effort and the public kick-off of United Way’s 2022 campaign. 

 Participants from dozens of area businesses will complete more than 50 service projects through Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties.  

United Way President David Lewis and 2022 Campaign Co-chair Ashley Russo of ASR Media Productions will join volunteers throughout the region as they paint murals at local Community Schools, stock and organize food pantries and beautify outdoor spaces. 

Companies or groups looking to send volunteers to a Day of Caring activity must sign up by June 10. 

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Volunteer Challenge to highlight corporate volunteer work

Volunteer work by employees of PPL Corp. will be one of the projects competing for honors at the Volunteer Challenge. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley will host its 13th annual Volunteer Challenge on May 11, at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.  

The event commemorates the culmination of more than 30 Lehigh Valley nonprofit projects completed by local businesses and organizations.  

The Volunteer Challenge is the region’s largest mobilization of corporate teams aligned with local nonprofits to complete sustainable projects that have significant impact for the nonprofits and the community they serve.  

The Volunteer Center has engaged with 126 unique nonprofits, and 91 unique businesses, including 8 newcomers both for nonprofits and businesses for 2022; all who completed a total of 257 unique projects over the last 13 years. 

“The Volunteer Challenge is an opportunity for companies to make a lasting impact for members of our community, and is the biggest fundraiser for the Volunteer Center,’ said Karen Smith, executive director of the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley.  

Money raised from the event supports programs, connections, and convening efforts by the Volunteer Center in support of over 400 nonprofits in the Lehigh Valley. 

United Way Day of Caring returns next week

Volunteers from First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and Split Rock Resort volunteered to deep clean the kitchen in Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall during the 2019 Day of Caring. PHOTO/FILE –

The United Way of the Lehigh Valley’s Day of Caring is returning this year with more than 500 employees from dozens of area company’s volunteering at 50 nonprofits throughout Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties. 

“There was not a traditional Day of Caring in 2020, so we are so excited to return 500+ volunteers strong next week. The response has been so positive,” said Laura McHugh, vice president of marketing and communications for the agency. 

On Sept. 30, the volunteers, which are working in conjunction with the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, will be participating in mostly in-person projects such as painting, organizing or landscaping. 

“Most of our volunteer opportunities are small, outdoors and in-person, but we did offer virtual experiences as well. They included collecting supplies and donations for area organizations,” she said. 

Volunteers are still being accepted for the event, but spots are filling up, she said. 

This is the 28th year of Day of Caring in the Lehigh Valley. Most of the volunteer work is made possible by the donation of the employees’ time by the company they work for. Crayola is the sponsor of this year’s effort.